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Die geliebten Schwestern

The beloved sisters

Producer: Wega Film
Financing: Minoritarian coproduction
Co-Producer: Bavaria Filmverleih und Produktions GmbH
Year: 2012
Grant amount: € 156.000
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: drama
Director: Dominik Graf
Writer: Dominik Graf
Cinematographer: Michael Wiesweg
Key cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter
Locations: Tyrol, Germany
Release (AT): 14.11.2014

Rudolstadt, the German provinces, 1788. The beautiful Caroline von Beulwitz is unhappily married and yearns for love and life. Charlotte von Lengefeld, her timid sister, dreams of finding a husband. The two are extremely close, until a certain man enters their lives; Friedrich Schiller, the Robbers-poet, the rebel. For one long, hot summer the two women compete for the affections of the man they both love.

Once inseparable, the sisters are now rivals. Schiller cannot decide between them; ideally, he’d like to have both. When the situation becomes too much for him, he flees to Jena. Caroline desperately seeks a way out of this hopeless situation and suggests a ménage à trois to the poet. Without a word to Charlotte, Schiller proposes marriage to her and she accepts. Caroline’s plan has succeeded - Joy, thou source of light immortal!

A happy love triangle? Being married increases Charlotte’s confidence, and Caroline brings her sensuality into play. This becomes too much for Schiller, who falls ill and is no longer able to write. The delicate balance threatens to falter; it is finally tipped over the edge when Charlotte becomes pregnant...

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